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  Maria Likarz-Strauss
Austrian, 1893 - 1956
Wiener Werkstätte, manufacturer (Vienna)
Evening bag, c. 1925

H. 7 1/2 x W. 5 1/2 in.

Almost from the beginning, jewelry making was part of the Wiener Werkstätte curriculum, and by 1905 it had become singled out as its own discipline. Over the years, additional fashion accessories like hats, hatpins, fans, and evening bags were added. The earliest handbags and purses were of tooled leather, but as the fashion department grew, beaded bags and belts were made as well. At first, the designs were quite austere and often lacked decoration of any kind. This evening bag, one of Maria Likarz’s finest works, features an abstract pattern and minuscule beadwork.